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Options July 5, 2017: (Show #512) Waiting for Ramu (a great big wonder) | Download full MP3

Samples include: Steve Paxton on Contact Improvisation, David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation, Louise Hay, Vangelis, Richard Stallman on freedom and control, River Phoenix on the pressure cooker of society, Alan Watts on war, Time Bandits/Terry Gilliam on evil, Leonard Nimoy on good and evil, Seymour Pappert on commercial forces, Wayne Dyer on something important, Ken's Last Ever... on personal power, Marx Brothers on war, Mary Tyler Moore on making it, 3-2-1 Contact, Brady Brides, Schoolhouse Rock on Electoral College, Pennsylvania governor candidate on the education system, Barney on police officers being there to help, Wes Craven, Noise, The Weather Underground, Albert Brooks, Rolling Stones, Lemon Jelly, Royksopp, the dø, Hal Hartley, live phone callers, and 40 other things.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 1:48am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Here today 5-7pm ET, we'll hear and ruminate together!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 7/5/17 6:49am Dave in Vermont:

I won't get in trouble for listening in the past will I?
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 9:05am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You willn't would already have doing.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:00pm Rich in Washington:

Whenever I am on vacation, the calendar stops in my head. I forget that shows I enjoy are on, are going to be on, etc.
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:01pm listener james from westwood:

Good Wednesday, Kenzo and all!
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:01pm Bliss:

I remember this show. I am on it.
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:03pm fred:

Good afternoon Kenzo and everyone. I promise I won't play any other show along with this one this time
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 7/5/17 5:04pm cklequ:

I'm always listening in the past, Dave.
I've never had a problem.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:05pm mossy lightouse:

I was remembering this show earlier today! This year has brought many different rhythms within each show and then of course between each of them, which can't really be described but very much felt!
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:15pm Bliss:

At least I am pretty sure I am on it, at some point.
I'm not the "yes" guy though.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You were the late Fall guy
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:21pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Rich: Thanks for vacating your memory
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@James: Every day is Wednesday
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Fred: Today's show goes well with next week's show
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:24pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@cklequ: That passes as pretense
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@mossy: This show was one of two todays, an afternoon and a nighttime. They remember each other.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 7/5/17 5:26pm cklequ:

I'm also always listening in the future.
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:27pm Little Danny:

Hi Ken! Hi all!
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:27pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi, you're on the air
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:28pm Bliss:

Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Little Danny: Hi! Hi!
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:29pm fred:

@Kenzo: maybe I'll play both at the same time later, maybe even next week
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 7/5/17 5:33pm cklequ:

I already miss Ramu.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I want Bliss to meet Ramu so they can find out what kind of beings they are.
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:40pm fred:

There was an address by the director to the peons at work today. At one point his voice was repeated with maybe half-a-second delay, fading then going back up. It didn't last long, maybe 4 such cycles. Most interesting talk I ever heard from him. Unfortunately they fixed the "issue" and that meeting droned on for one more hour
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:42pm Bliss:

Just think if they had left the issue and added drone sounds as well.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Bookmark, two minutes ago, what happens to fear
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:44pm Bliss:

It would've been cool. That's all.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:44pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@fred: Live call in your meeting to my show one week
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:46pm fred:

@Kenzo: I'd need a time-travel app for that, and I don't even have a phone
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:50pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(David Lynch)
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:51pm Bliss:

Are you one of those people that only call out from work when very very ill, or not?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 7/5/17 5:51pm cklequ:

This is hypnotizing.
Unfortunately i have an obligation to go out and dig in the dirt.
Though, there's something to be said for digging in the dirt.
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:52pm fred:

@Bliss: I wish. But at best it would have come close to Kenny G, not Kenzo (and "hour of pain" seems fitting). Topics discussed: an overhaul of the scientific governance of the lab, and plans to remove asbestos from the concert hall (not reopening before 2020 at best)
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:52pm Little Danny:

I swear I just heard a snippet of the Focus Group
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:53pm Rich in Washington:

Is David talking about the suffocating rubber clown suit again?
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:53pm listener james from westwood:

Good old Gene!
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:54pm Bliss:

I live in the Bronx. No dirt to dig in. Nice breeze though.
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:54pm fred:

@Bliss: I have an entrenched and by now respected tradition of taking two weeks off work for the Sonic Protest festival
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 5:55pm listener james from westwood:

Bliss: This Bronx native waves.
  Wed. 7/5/17 5:56pm Bliss:

@listener james from westwood
I wave back.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rare moment of clarity: The show that will air next week (Ramu Misses You) happened a few hours after this one (Waiting For Ramu), and is something of a remix of this one, and is my favorite half of this two-show, one-day show pair
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:57pm Rich in Washington:

I think the last episode of Twin Peaks was fantastic. I think there's something to his creative process, despite what I thought about his last two films.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 5:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

P.S. You're listening to WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 6:00pm fred:

@Rich: I loved Inland Empire. But I can't watch the new Twin Peaks
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:00pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Kenzo! Can't wait for next week, etc...
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Vangelis, Steve Paxton, Richard Stallman, River Phoenix
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:01pm mossy lightouse:

I was only able to hear the first hour of the night show through the WTJU archive some time soon after it aired. Very glad to be able to relisten and then hear the second half very soon!
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:01pm Rich in Washington:

I may have to give Inland Empire another try. I don't think I even finished it.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:02pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Alan Watts
  Wed. 7/5/17 6:04pm Bliss:

Was Stallman in there?
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:05pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Time Bandits
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:06pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Stallman: It's worth making sacrifices for the control of the things you depend on in your life, or something out that
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:06pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Leonard Nimoy
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 6:06pm listener james from westwood:

Ahhh, thought I was hearing bits of the Cosmos soundtrack here and there the past several minutes.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The guy who invented the Logo programming language
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Seymour Pappert, rip
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Wayne Dyer
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:09pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ken's Last Ever: Children's Television Voteshop, with Marx Brothers, Mary Tyler Moore, 321 contact, Brady Brides, schoolhouse rock, Pennsylvania governor candidate, Barney
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:09pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Wes Cravens new nightmare
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:12pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The movie "Noise"
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:12pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Weather Underground
  Wed. 7/5/17 6:12pm Bliss:

Did any homeless person ever regret not climbing the corporate ladder, while on their death sidewalk?
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:13pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Albert Brooks from Broadcast News
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 6:14pm fred:

I don't like Stallman and his army of lawyers. I'm a vi guy anyway
  Wed. 7/5/17 6:14pm Bliss:

Is work suicide?
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Can't remember the name of the pop song I've been looping all show
  Wed. 7/5/17 6:16pm Bliss:

There's the Rolling Stones Like a Rainbow.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:17pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ken on power
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:21pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 6:22pm fred:

I should be asleep, but this show is too good
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Lemon Jelly and Rolling Stones
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Steve Paxton on Contact Improvisation
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:27pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yeah, this show has really hit its stride. I'm dumbfounded I made this
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:27pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

  Wed. 7/5/17 6:29pm Bliss:

Good job!
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:31pm Gary:

Hola, Ken & Kenzoids
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 6:32pm fred:

@Kenzo: are you touring these days?
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:38pm mossy lightouse:

Existence seems to culminate and regroup similarly to contact improvisation! i have not been able to experience official contact improvisation yet.

Hearing sound collage balance, progress and culminate is to me most compelling! While i do love hearing instrumental improvisation reach various forms of transfigurating, I interpret our insides, and outsides, as a vast collage. So, sound collage improvisation seems to form a uniquely complete connection and resonance.
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:38pm aratuk:

Bohemian dances by the dø?
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I just had a live show moment listening to this while exchanging an experiential conversation with a passer by in the woods about presence, reconditioning, power children... As this show played with us
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:44pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

aratuk: thanks, great memory! My woods passerby asked and I didn't remember what it was
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:45pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Fred, doing the weekly shows this summer. Tour idea may return in the future
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi Gary! I write from an improvisational retreat in the woods. Just renamed wetreat
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:47pm Gary:

Hope wetreating you well :)
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

We can just trust ourselves
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I love you all. Please be with me next week for part 2! Write me if you haven't
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 6:56pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Kenzo!
Avatar    Wed. 7/5/17 6:57pm fred:

Thanks Kenzo, this was worth staying up for (well 'up" isn't accurate, I'm sprawled on the floor because I have no furniture)
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Today's archive is already posted and is high quality audio
Avatar Wed. 7/5/17 6:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks, Fred. I also stayed up for it
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